Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Revisiting "The Purpose Driven Life"

I don’t know about you but I’ve got certain books that will never leave my personal library. These are books that impacted me in a HUGE way! When I come back to a “favorite” a couple of years down the road, I usually learn something new. Maybe it’s the current circumstances I’m in, or wisdom. In any case, re-reading a book impacts (and inspires) me all over  again.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is one of my favorites. I read the book the first time, years ago. I can’t really say why I read it, maybe it was “trendy.” I have a tendency to do that. I re-read this book according to Rick’s advice. There are 40 chapters in this book. He suggests that you read 1 chapter a day and concentrate not only on the theme(s) but also the references to the Bible, and lastly, questions to consider. Reading the book according to this schedule gives the reader an opportunity to process the questions and themes that Rick poses throughout this great literary piece.

This is my “take” on rereading The Purpose Driven Life. Each one of us is born (and comes to earth) with a purpose or a talent. Our talents are “person-specific.” That means that no one does the talent or skill better than you. Your talents are as specific as your finger prints. With ALL the people in the world; there are no 2 people who have the same finger prints. Your job is to figure out your purpose or talent.

God  created you on purpose. You aren’t an accident. Just as Jesus came down to earth to fulfill a purpose; so do you. One of Jesus’ purposes was to teach others a better way to live. He did this by example. Through it all, he maintained dignity, respect, kindness and love. In addition, he inspired and instructed 12 men to carry out his purpose or vision. Jesus’ purpose was to teach others a better way to live. When he realized his purpose was complete, he died and left a legacy!

Since we are all created by God; we must remember  that we are a part of his FAMILY. We are to follow in Jesus’  footsteps. He was the prime example on how all of us are to live.

When you understand your purpose; when you understand that you are here because God created you to help him, and when you turn your life over to living out your purpose (according to his will); you are living The Purpose Driven Life!

Question for you: Do you know your purpose? Are you using it for the betterment of others?

Focus: God, life purpose, spirit

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Confront Gently

You can't be in joy or at peace when you live stringently! When you are stringent, things are absolute. You make decisions that are black and white. Either one decision or another. You don't incorporate the gray areas because you don't know how. You don't have the tools. But there comes a time when you HAVE to change the pattern. That's when you confront the situation and yourself. But, when you're starting off, you have to confront gently. The key here is to be firm, gentle and respectful. Approach the confrontation with the assumption that there is a solution and you WILL work things out. When you approach confrontations in a gentle manner, it produces effective results and keeps your stress level down.

The next time you reach a confrontational crossroad, confront it gently.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Leadership And You (Part 10)

When you have an important decision to make, weigh the positives and negatives carefully, considering everyone who might be affected by your choice. When you want something badly enough, it is difficult  to see the potential problems. Don't discount the negatives. Unless you have a plan to handle each one, they will cause you great difficulty later.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

My God Time

This “pause” in my life has gotten me to look at my priorities. To be truthful, (in the past), I have prayed/connected to God but not in earnest. That means not as consistently as I need to. I’ve reevaluated things and determined that God needs to be my power source. Joyce Meyer and Rick Warren both believe that we are nothing without our Spiritual Power Source: God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. Joyce and Rick draw a neat parallel when they describe a laptop. The laptop needs a recharge to keep going. If not, it won’t work. This concept  is the same with God. In order to be equipped to deal with EVERYTHING our day entails; we must connect to our power source. Here is how I’m doing it:

5:45 a.m. -- For 15 minutes, I thank God. I always start my day with gratitude. I thank HIM for my health, home, car, friends, etc.

6-7 -- I walk into my office and write in my prayer journal. I set my prayer intention with HIM and usually meditate/process a Bible passage. Once my prayer journal is done, I do stuff for my company.

7-7:30 -- I watch 30 minutes of Joyce Meyer and her message on God and The Holy Spirit. I crochet when I watch. It relaxes me.

7:30-7:50. Breakfast and prepare for Zumba.

7:50 -9:45 -- Workout and shower.

10-10;20. I head to McDonald’s for my diet Coke and spiritual reading. The reading consists of various authors. The “theme” is usually spiritual.

10:30-11:30 -- Head out to the library and relax. I also write professionally.

12-1 -- Lunch

1-4:30 -- Work in office. If I’m out and about, I visit an adoration chapel and read something spiritual.

5-5:30 -- I take a bubble bath. Once again, I read something spiritual. I also process my day.

5:30-11 -- Chill with t.v.. Before I go to bed, I take out my gratitude journal and remember what I’m grateful for.

So, my God-time is about 3-4 times throughout the day. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now. This schedule has changed my life.  I find that if I have not connected to God, I get grumpy and anxious.

Question For You: What issues do you need more God-time for?

Focus:  God and Communication, Spirit

Monday, April 7, 2014

Leave The Grumbling

Are you a grumbler; a sourpuss? Are you ALWAYS looking at problems? Is this you?

Grumblers blame life and circumstances for their sour attitude. They validate their negativity by pointing to their problems. Grumblers don't see that their vision of life stems from their own thoughts and beliefs.

Charles Schultz's characters' Charlie Brown and Linus are a great example of grumblers and/or complainers. While frowning, Charlie Brown explains to Linus that if you want to be depressed, you have to stand in that posture. He goes on to say that if you stand up straight and lift your head and shoulders; you wouldn't remain depressed because you changed the posture (or behavior). If you're a grumbler, change your posture (or position in life). Watch what happens!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Leadership And You (Part 9)

Whether you consider yourself a leader or not, your daily actions and words are observed by others who may choose to follow your example, whether you know it or not.

Often, the truth makes us uncomfortable. We prefer lies and illusions when they make us feel more secure. It's much better to face reality than to live a lie. Don't settle for something that makes you feel uncomfortable, but is not true.

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